Designing Your Garden: Defining Structure

garden structure study
This can be the most challenging, yet the most fun part of developing your spatial design. Once you create a bubble diagram to organize your outdoor spaces, the next step is defining the structure of those spaces (this is officially called a form composition study).  Will your garden be informal, formal, rectilinear or geometric? Look to the architecture of your house as inspiration or maybe you are drawn to a particular garden style. Structure can also evolve from a theme

The image below shows how you can take a bubble (functional) diagram then transform them into garden structure studies. I encourage you to explore several options. Originally I only created the two garden structure studies for bubble diagram #2, then realized I needed to stretch myself, so created a couple more options for bubble diagram #1. My second set felt more dynamic.

My next post will show how I create a preliminary design from one of these studies.  

If you'd like to learn more about this process take a peek at one of these fabulous books:

LANDSCAPING YOUR HOME by William Nelson

PROFESSIONAL PLANTING DESIGN by Scott Scarfone

RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE by Norman Booth and James Hiss

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